Rotary International promoting educational value in Rivers

From Douglas Blessing, Port Harcourt

Rotary International has expressed determination in promoting educational value in government owned schools in Rivers State.

This at the international organisation has built a four unit toilet facility and wash hand basins for Community Senior Secondary School, Rumumasi, Port Harcourt.

Speaking at the commissioning of the lavatory built by the Rotary Club Rumuomasi, the Acting Chairman of the Rivers State Senior Secondary Schools Board, Ade Wisdom Lloyd, said the facility has added value to the education sector in the state.

“We appreciate what Rotary International is doing. Of course Rotary over the years is known to be involved in activities and projects that have added meaning to the lives of people especially the downtrodden.

“What Rotary has done here down will greatly complement what the government is doing. Anything that adds value to education will be appreciated, we want to assure you that this facility will be used well and sustained it,” he said.

Earlier in his speech, President of the Rotary Club of Rumuomasi, Mr Ofonmbuk Dickson Usen, stressed that “The project will go a long way to aid the teachers and students towards the improvement of the hygiene situation in the school while preserving the environment and enhancing academic excellence amongst the students, as a result of learning in a conducive environment”.

Dicksen-Usen disclosed that the project is delivered in commemoration of the world Hand Wash Day and to fulfill the Rotary area of focus WASH project for host communities.

“Upon our charter on the 9th of July 2021, the club at its maiden meeting set out to embark on a project that will further announce her birth in to Rotary International and the community of Rumuomasi in particular”, he added.

Also speaking, the District 9141 governor of Rotary International, Andy Uwejeyan, represented by the District Assistant governor Zone one, Blessing Timothy, that the construction of the toilet facility by the Rotary Club of Rumuomasi has ended years of open defecation in the school.

In appreciation, Miss Itebiye Rhema, Senior Prefect of the school, expressed thanked Rotary for the support towards the successful completion of the school’s lavatory.

She added “Without any doubt, a school without lavatory makes learning quite difficult and brings little or no comfort; but with your (Rotary Club) selfless act of love, you all came together as a team and embarked on this building project and provided significant resources and material support”.

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